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Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: elsewhere in East Anglia Tier 1Greenwoods Legal has a large litigation group based in its Peterborough, Cambridge and London office, though Peterborough is the main hub. The firm handles a varied caseload that includes complex financial services litigation, high-profile breach of contract disputes, Judicial Review proceedings and, increasingly, cross-border matters. It has particular skill in disputes in the energy, enfranchisement, marine and international trade sectors. The lead partner is Huw Wallis, who works in both London and Cambridge, and has vast experience in High Court proceedings, all major arbitral forums and numerous of specialist tribunals. Partners Adele Whaley and Jamie McConnell also play key roles in the practice.
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Employment Tier 1Greenwoods Legal has '‘a highly professional team, with the qualifications and experience necessary to meet probably any client demands'. Employment law is a core practice for the firm, which provides strategic and technical advice to blue-chip and nationally recognised organisations, as well as smaller regional companies. Its work encompasses large-scale reorganisations and mass redundancy exercises, TUPE matters, pensions, complex Employment Tribunal litigation, data protection and all areas of strategic HR advice. Peterborough is the main hub of the practice and it is where practice head John Macaulay , managing partner Robert Dillarstone and key partner Keith Williams reside. Joanna Scally and senior associates Natalie Williams and Siobhan Thomson are the key contacts in Cambridge.
Other key lawyers:
Robert Dillarstone; Keith Williams; Joanna Scally; Natalie Williams; Siobhan Thomson
‘Jo Scally and Siobhan Thomson are both very knowledgeable and experienced practitioners. They are always easily accessible with reassuring balanced advice and guidance. They never shy away from difficult honest conversations. They have developed strong constructive working relationships within our organisation enabling positive outcomes for some complex cases.’
‘They are dedicated to delivering. There is no reticence to debating with the client, an important factor in my view as a broader analysis and the consideration from differing perspectives will lead to better decision-making in case management.’
‘The Greenwoods employment team have a straightforward, friendly and knowledgeable approach. They provide pragmatic advice and advice is helpfully tailored to our business needs.’
‘We have been working with Greenwoods for the past few years and during that time we have found them to be a responsive, professional organisation. We use them for employment law which we consider them to be experts in. They give advice that is practical, easily understood and to follow. We would recommend them without hesitation to other organisations.’
‘It’s a highly professional team, with the qualifications and experience necessary to meet probably any client demands. They listen carefully to client concerns, but are nonetheless clear in their evaluations and recommendations.’
‘I have worked closely with Siobhan Thomson for a number of years. I very much value the thoughtful and pragmatic advice she gives. She is quick to respond and always on hand to give guidance whether this is simply a reassuring sanity check at an early stage or more detailed work when a contentious issue has escalated. When Siobhan is not available I know queries will be picked up by other members of the team, especially Jo Scally. I highly value the service and support received from Greenwoods.’
‘They have a personal approach and seek an understanding of our business in order to best advise us.’
‘The Greenwoods team always does a fantastic job when assisting us with our legal queries. They provide support on a wide range of issues to us and when one specialist is unable to assist, they are always happy to refer to a colleague who is better suited. They will always follow all referred queries on to ensure timely completion. I would 100% recommend Greenwoods to anyone with their Employment Law queries.’
Bedford Borough Council
Clare College, Cambridge
Real VNC Limited
Stratagem IPM Limited
Hollister Inc (and its UK subsidiaries)
- Partnering with Hollister Inc (and its UK subsidiaries), a US-owned medical device company, in connection with its employment law requirements throughout the year.
- Providing tailored legal advice and support to Taylor Wimpey regarding employment matters throughout the year.
Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in East Anglia Tier 2
Employment > Health and safety Tier 2
Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Cambridge Tier 2Clients of Greenwoods Legal note praise ‘the care in understanding client needs and researching appropriate recommendations‘, noting that the service ‘always feels personal‘. One notes that ‘it’s about the client and not some off-the-shelf solution‘. The firm has a diverse client base around Cambridge, ranging from the agricultural sector through to successful entrepreneurs. Clare Harris in Cambridge, who is a Fellow of the Agricultural Law Association (ALA) leads the practice. She also has a STEP Diploma in Trusts and Estates.
‘The care in understanding client needs and researching appropriate recommendations. It always feels personal.’
‘It’s about the client and not some off the shelf solution.’
Public sector Tier 2Greenwoods Legal advises education institutions on a vast ranger of matters including corporate and governance issues, HR, immigration, property development, contracts, regulatory matters and data privacy. Among its clients are several colleges of Cambridge University, including Clare College and Peterhouse College. The firm has discrete teams acting for state and academy schools on the one hand and and independent schools on the other. Its academies schools team frequently assists with the setting up of multi-academy trusts. Partner Joanna Scally leads the education practice, in which senior associate and employment specialist Siobhan Thomson plays a pivotal role.
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‘We have worked with this firm for many years and they have proven time and again that they can support us meet all the challenges that we face in our sector.’
‘We have worked particularly closely with Claire Banks – she has added a significant amount of value to our partnership approach. Claire is responsive, methodical and detailed in her approach and is attentive to our needs and sympathetic of our sector challenges meaning she is always in tune with what we need and how we need it. Claire in particular has a very customer-focused outlook and through this and her sector understanding deals with our queries and prioritises the work to ensure fees are limited and controlled. This is definitely a personal touch that we value over and above other firms.’
The Diamond Learning Partnership Trust
Bedford Borough Council
Opening Worlds Ltd
Real estate > Construction Tier 2Greenwoods Legal handles construction projects across the East of England, but also elsewhere in the UK and overseas. It has a particular focus on the UK maintenance and lighting industry. ‘The practice is extremely experienced and knowledgeable of construction disputes', remarks one client. Another notes that the practice is 'highly responsive, prompt, accurate, with attention to details'. 'Very straight-talking' practice head Lorna Carter, who works in both Cambridge and Peterborough, is recommended for both contentious matters and for advice on documentation for major projects. She assisted Studio Ashby Limited in negotiations for its appointment for interior design services for a prestigious residential project in Paris. Associate Sarah Lidgett is highly experienced in construction litigation and adjudication.
Other key lawyers:
‘The practice is extremely experienced and knowledgeable of construction claims/disputes.’
‘Lorna Carter leads by example and is very considered of client needs and provides the level of support and advise that is required for each appointment. Very straight talking ensuring that the level of support (and associated fee) is measured to what is needed for the appointment.’
‘Very efficient. Always reply to messages quickly and take action on our behalf. Knowledgable and always have out best interests at the forefront.’
‘Highly responsive and cooperative. Give the right solution in the right time.’
‘Highly responsive, prompt, accurate, with attention to details.’
‘We value Greenwoods ability to give us expert support across a range of different business issues, including data protection, governance-related issues, and dispute resolution.’
‘We have worked with Lorna Carter for a number of years, and she is always available to give us support with the work of our Standards Committee, which maintains quality standards amongst our membership. Her input to the committee’s deliberations is invaluable. I am not really qualified to comment on some of the issues asked about below, (eg diversity, resourcing)but have contributed where I have direct knowledge.’
‘Their ability to help with both the legal and commercial perspectives.’
- Representing Studio Ashby Limited in continuing negotiations for its appointment for interior design services.
- Advising Morrison Water Services Limited concerning contract document drafting in relation to major maintenance and water metering works for Thames Water in South London.
- Represented leading agricultural land agent Bidwells in a pre-action payment dispute with one of its large landowner clients.
Employment > Pensions Tier 3
Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 3The Peterborough office of Greenwoods Legal ‘offers a range of services and can cover a number of areas from both a commercial and employment law perspective‘. The firm supports supporting individuals and businesses in the agricultural sector in succession planning, strategic growth, Brexit issues and employment matters. Employment partner Stephanie Wilcox leads the practice following the departure of Emily Pumfrey to HCR Hewitsons. Wilcox is backed up by property partner Samantha East and, in Cambridge, wealth preservation partner Clare Harris. Peterborough-based employment partner Keith Williams is ‘very approachable and responsive, and he considers a situation from a commercial perspective as well as a legal one‘.
Other key lawyers:
Clare Harris; Samantha East; Keith Williams
‘The practice offers a range of services and can cover a number of areas from both a commercial and employment law perspective.’
‘My dealings with the practice are in the main with Keith Williams, employment partner. I find Keith very approachable and responsive. Keith is also able to consider a situation from a commercial perspective as well as a legal one and he provides an all rounded response to a given situation.’
Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: elsewhere in East Anglia Tier 3The wealth preservation practice at Greenwoods Legal in Peterborough is ‘great as it tries to incorporate accountants and also financial advisers to help so that the client always gets the best advice form whoever is necessary‘. The team in Peterborough is small, with associate Rebecca Towey the key practitioner, but it works with a larger team across the firm’s network. Towey ‘definitely goes above and beyond, she is kind and understanding with clients and extremely patient‘. She handles her own case load and supports London colleagues with complex estate administration matters and the preparation of wills.
Other key lawyers:
‘The practice is great as it tries to incorporate accountants and also financial advisers to help with their clients so that the client always gets the best advice form whoever necessary. In addition, the staff members I find are extremely patient and managed to put things across in layman’s terms and have a way of putting complicated matters into simple terms.’
‘Rebecca Towey at the Peterborough office definitely goes above and beyond. She is kind and understanding with clients and is extremely patient. She really does go above and beyond for clients and I have had nothing but praise from clients I have introduced to her. She is extremely hardworking but you can also tell she enjoys what she does and that she really does want to help her clients in the best way possible.’
Real estate > Commercial property: Cambridge Tier 3Greenwoods Legal is active in development projects in and around Cambridge, drawing on the firm’s well-established reputation in the education, technology and hospitality sectors. Associate Ellen Cole is the key practitioner in Cambridge and works closely with the real estate practice in the firm’s Peterborough office. Her work focuses predominantly on commercial property refinancing, landlord and tenant portfolios, and providing strategic advice to development clients. Lisa Mantle joined London firm Freedman + Hilmi.
Real estate > Commercial property: elsewhere in East Anglia Tier 3Greenwoods Legal in Peterborough has extensive experience in acting for property developers, charities and a major national motor dealers. Samantha East leads the firm-wide practice and is south after for a broad range of commercial real estate work, including development and option arrangements. Senior associate Ann-Marie Clow specialises in landlord and tenant transactions, acting for companies, partnerships, individuals and charities. Karin Horsley is now a consultant with a business development and advisory role.
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Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3Greenwoods Legal has strength in key niches within property litigation, among them leasehold and collective enfranchisement matters. Chi Collins, who works in London and Peterborough, leads the property disputes practice, working closely with Peterborough-based head of litigation Huw Wallis. Senior associate Amy Castleman in Peterborough is the property litigation in East Anglia and she works closely with Kirstie Goulder to lead the firm’s niche property guardianship practice.
Chi Collins; Huw Wallis
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Employment > Immigration
Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 5Clare Harris now heads the department at Greenwoods Legal. Ian Bowyer has considerable experience in onshore trusts and probate work and deals with a variety of complex high-value estates including some with heritage property in addition to advising on tax and will drafting.
Other key lawyers:
‘Ian Bowyer made the whole process of me writing a will a very easy process. I felt he had a wealth of knowledge and was great in guiding me in the right direction. My situation was not straightforward but Ian managed to make it so it was for me and I’m very grateful. He was extremely efficient and answered all of my questions’.
Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 6Greenwoods Legal‘s disputes department comprises specialist sub-teams in commercial claims, construction, property disputes and regulatory. Team head Huw Wallis' cases frequently feature complex, high-value or international elements; and Euan Palmer focuses on oil and gas matters. Marine law and international trade head Russell Strong joined in 2021 from Zaiwalla & Co.
Other key lawyers:
Euan Palmer; Russell Strong; Sara Roden
‘Greenwoods represents a great alternative for us to the Magic/Silver firms. You know you are going to get excellent quality advice and solicitors (often ex-City lawyers) at a more reasonable rate.‘
‘The solicitors we deal with tend to be more pragmatic and flexible in their thinking, and really try to understand the commercial drivers/business requirements behind the advice we are seeking.’
‘Highly recommend them, and the team has genuinely nice people to deal with.‘
‘Practical, pragmatic and cost effective. Always thinking about strategy and the bigger picture, rather than simply going through the motions or getting too caught up in the detail.’
‘The firm is proactive and provides hands on practical advice while ensuring that tight deadlines are met. Its advice is focused on ensuring a cost-effective and effective delivery of the relevant service.’
‘The team recognises that issues faced by clients don’t occur always during 9-5 hours. It makes itself available to pick up the baton, and run with it at short notice and to very tight deadlines. This is exemplified by Huw Wallis who took on a new matter over the Christmas break with a three-day filing deadline, meeting it with efficiency and calmness.’
‘Huw Wallis is a pleasure to deal with and you always feel like a priority client.’
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Staff FiguresNumber of UK partners : 22 Number of other UK fee-earners : 39
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We value diversity and inclusion as central to our success as a firm. We believe we are better able to understand and meet the needs of our clients if our organisation reflects the businesses and individuals we serve. Our inclusion-based approach recognises that our staff, and those who want to work for us, will be valued, treated fairly and respected for their individuality. We support our colleagues to share their knowledge, share their skills and develop their potential.
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- Private client > Agriculture and estates
- Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: elsewhere in East Anglia
- Real estate > Commercial property: Cambridge
- Real estate > Commercial property: elsewhere in East Anglia
- Real estate > Property litigation
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